Currently teaching in the DC-Metro area through 2021!

As a young actor in Northern Virginia, I was always wanting. I wanted to get out of my head. I wanted to learn what the professionals did that made them so watchable. I wanted a teacher who could monitor my progress and get to know my habits. Turns out, I wanted training and technique.

After 12 years in NYC, I am back in my hometown and working with young actors! I've had the honor of studying with some of the most innovative and respected acting teachers of our time, including Ron Van Lieu, Scott Zigler, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sita Mani, James Calleri, Bruce Cromer, Ellen Lauren and more.

 

My training from Columbia University (MFA Acting expected '21), Pace University (BFA Acting '12), The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (Apprenticeship), The Atlantic Acting School (Evening Conservatory) and other private studios has covered techniques from Alexander, Meisner, Stanislavski, Feldenkrais and Michael Chekhov, to Viewpoints, Laban, Linklater, Fitzmaurice, UCB 

Improv and more.   

I have worked as an actor at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Mosaic Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, Toms River Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Punchdrunk (creators of Sleep No More), and many others. At Columbia, I've been a part of the new play development process for many full length and one-act new works. On TV, you can catch me on Investigation Discovery's A Crime To Remember and Nickelodeon's Team UmiZoomi. When it comes to short films, I've lost track of the number I've been in over the years, so let's say at least a dozen :)

I offer Private Lessons, for actors of any age who would like to learn technique and develop their instrument, and Coaching Sessions, for audition preparation, corporate presentations and various public speaking engagements.

 

*Stay tuned! Small in-person group classes for Winter 2020 are in development

College Audition Coaching

 

After observing auditions for the BFA programs at my alma mater, Pace School of Performing Arts, and working the Columbia University MFA Acting program auditions for two years, I've learned from the decision makers (who happen to be my own audition coaches and teachers) what culminates in a successful college/grad school audition - and what does not. 

 

Sometimes, it's completely out of your control - like when they've already called back five three-headed monsters from the previous week's auditions and although you're a great three-headed monster, they already have five to choose from. Sometimes, it's completely within your control - like when you came in with a bad attitude because your iced caramel mocha chai tea latte was too cold.

During these auditions and my own grad school callbacks at Yale, Juilliard, NYU, USD/Old Globe, USC and Columbia, I've learned that there are really only three major secrets to success: pick the right pieces, be your best self and have fun! Easier said than done right?

During our one-hour coaching sessions, we will:

  • Find the right contemporary and classical audition pieces for you, that you love working on ​

  • Make those pieces work for the unique person that you are (for example, we might work on making sure the story is being told, relating the piece to you and pursuing an action)​

  • Replace habits that don't serve you with ones that do

  • Rehearse entering the room and interviewing​

  • Help you feel comfortable on-camera to nail those self-tape pre-screens​

  • Learn how to accept nerves, trouble-shoot in the moment and stay connected

  • Practice taking all sorts of direction, no matter how far it may be from your original choices

  • Instill a mindset of curiosity and get you thinking like an actor who makes interesting choices

Contact me for more info to find out how I can help you feel confident, comfortable and kick ass in your college Acting and Musical 

Theatre auditions!

In-Person Rates:

$45/hr*

Zoom Rates:

$30/hr*

*Sliding scale for

underserved communities.

No one should be prevented from pursuing their dreams because their family cannot 

afford it. We will figure something out. 

For those who sign up for multiple sessions, you can also expect:

  • Support on your audition days through text, FaceTime, etc.

  • Help with resumes, clothing, travel advice and any other questions you have as you complete your applications and get ready to audition

With the in depth knowledge of why one student gets a callback and another does not, I'm pumped to pass this information on to young actors gearing up for undergrad and grad school auditions! 

Private Lessons

At the cornerstone of my philosophy is what I call "safe and sustainable acting". An artist can be mentally and physically healthy and still be incredibly effective. We need not torture ourselves for art!

 

In our private lessons, I aim to establish technique and process, build the actor's toolbox and harness a mindset of curiosity and empathy. Whether preparing for high school, undergrad or grad school auditions in the future, or learning how to dig into a script, I teach actors to embark on a journey of exploration and to take ownership of their art.

 

Lessons are highly personalized to the actor's needs based on the their goals and 

what I observe as we work together. There is no one size fits all training module, as we are all different people with different needs.

Contact me to schedule a lesson today! Slots fill up quickly, so I will only be able to take on 3-4 more regular clients at this time (9/16/20) 

In-Person Rates:

$45/hr

$65/1.5 hr*

*Siblings may opt for a 1.5 hour lesson, split between the two

**Sliding scale for 

underserved communities.

No one should be prevented from pursuing

 their dreams because their family cannot

afford it. We will figure something out. 

 

For example, current middle and 

high school clients are working on:

  • Learning various processes for how to approach a new text (monologue,  script, audition sides)

  • Understanding and personalizing Shakespeare monologues

  • Line learning techniques

  • Freeing the body from habitual movements

  • Pursuing an action and putting it on "the other"

  • Warm-ups to cultivate a keen sense of awareness in the body

  • Articulation and tongue placement 

  • IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) for accents and dialects

  • Understanding style

    • and SO MUCH more!

 

At our first lesson, we'll have a little chat and then we'll play around with a bunch of different exercises as I get to know you and see how you work. This work we do is intended to be long-term. As impatient and results-oriented as we may be, learning happens slowly. You can't rush growth. 

In-person lessons take place either in your home (preferably with a quiet basement or any other open area) or at my home in Potomac Falls beginning in mid-October 2020. 

© 2020 by Brigitte Thieme-Burdette